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The Brute Man (1946)

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A facially deformed and mentally unhinged man wreaks his revenge on those who deformed him with a series of brutal murders.

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Rondo Hatton ...
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Young Hal Moffet
Janelle Johnson Dolenz ...
Joan Bemis (as Ja Nelle Johnson)
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Hal Moffat who is taking wholesale revenge by murdering those he holds responsible for his predicament, is befriended by Helen Paige, a blind piano teacher, and he develops a warmth for her that leads him to add thievery and robbery - no big deal, he is out there anyway - to his murders so that she can be provided with the money for an operation. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film has sometimes been claimed to have elements of Rondo Hatton's real-life story in its script, but the only similarities are that both Hal Moffet and Hatton were college football stars and both got acromegaly from exposure to toxic chemicals--though the real Hatton got it not from an accident in a chemistry lab but from a poison gas attack against his unit when he was serving with the US Army in World War I. See more »

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Police Dispatcher: Attention all cars, attention all cars: general alarm. Car 22, go to 733 Spring Avenue, it's a 341, that is all.
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Liebestraum No 2 A Sharp Minor
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Music by Franz Liszt
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An Extremely Well-Made Little B Picture
13 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Guys, the next time you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, try telling yourself that at least you're not Rondo Hatton. Hatton suffered with the congenital disease acromegaly, which, as Webster's puts it, is "chronic hyperpituitarism marked by progressive enlargement of hands, feet and face." He lived to the age of 52, being felled by a heart attack shortly after making his last film, "The Brute Man," in 1946. This is an extremely well-made little B picture, featuring fine acting by all, a compact story and some real suspense. In it, Hatton plays a former college BMOC who became disfigured after a lab accident and who, years later, begins a murder spree against all his former pals and teachers that he blames for his current condition. He also befriends a pretty, blind piano teacher, who naturally doesn't recoil automatically from the big lug's unique physiognomy. These scenes, with big Rondo and the blind woman, will likely cause most viewers to recall Frankenstein and the blind hermit in "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), just as his later sacrifices on her behalf are reminiscent of Chaplin's for his blind flower girl in "City Lights" (1931). No, "The Brute Man" is not nearly in the same league as those two immortal classics, but still remains a fine entertainment nevertheless. "Frankenstein" makeup man Jack Pierce contributed his great talents to this film, too, making Hatton (I would imagine) even more of a sight than he was ordinarily. It's hard to feel much sympathy for Rondo's "Creeper" character, cold-blooded psycho that he has become, but somehow, we DO still feel some, to the actor's great credit. Oh, by the way, this DVD looks just terrific; an absolutely first-rate transfer from the fine folks at Image Entertainment.


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